Monday, March 9, 2009


Publishing a novel is a long and complicated process that no one in MFA school teaches you about. Why? Because most of us or a lot of us don't get our novels out there on bookshelves.

It's an unfortunate and disappointing fact, depending on the writer, but true.

My mind is all over the place tonight so forgive any leaps and jumps.

Here is a good starting place: Back in December when I told a local bookstore owner that I had recently sold my novel to Random House, she said, "If you thought selling your book was hard, just you wait." AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! Are you kidding me? Please tell me that you are joking! I beg those with experience to chime in. After receiving hundreds of agent rejections, after writing and rewriting and cutting all my little darlings and all their little friends, writing 100+ new pages and cutting 100+ old pages: can it really get tougher? Is the art department at Random House going to intentionally screw with my head by coming up with some absurd cover art? Is my agent suddenly going to forget my phone number? Is my editor going to scratch out full pages and laugh like the wicked witch while I stew?

If you've published a novel, let me know what you think. I suspect that it gets tougher because there are many people involved, because there is a lot of waiting now: for the edits to be completed; for the copy writer to copy write; for more edits; for the art department and marketing; for the galleys, for the reviews, for the book itself to sit in my hands. But, that's all kind of exciting compared to waiting for rejections to appear in the mailbox. What do you think? Based on my experience so far, I am very happy with the process. I don't know what the future holds, but I am seriously optimistic. I hope that you might chime in with some feedback. xo michele

p. s. Michelle, I know that you won't forget my number, and Sarah, you're no wicked witch. You're more like Piper, Paige and Phoebe ("Charmed"). Oh, how I love Balthazar! I mean Cole.

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